(Presentations by Dr. Scott Blandford and Chief Rob Davis, Brantford Police)
Built in collaboration with Brantford Police Services, this course examines the many aspects of the role of supervision and leadership, and how they impact on the delivery of effective police services. World events over the last few years have demonstrated the need to re-appraise leadership styles and competencies to deliver police services effectively and efficiently to our diverse communities. Front-line supervisors, whether operational or administrative, are the linchpin to organizational efficacy, translating strategies from senior command to operational implementation. Self-awareness is a fundamental building block to leadership development that defines how officers “model the way.”
Learners will assess their current leadership attributes and go on to learn how to enhance competency, examine communication skills, the impact of performance management, dealing with health and wellness issues, and working within diverse communities. Through readings, online course materials, in-class work, self-reflection, and case problems, learners will begin to enhance their leadership skills, and how their style as a leader has impact on them, their team, and their service. The course will examine leadership theories and ideas on behaviours that can enhance effectiveness as police supervisors, for both sworn officers and civilian members.
"This has by far surpassed any previous supervisor training I have taken part in. This course is extremely useful and relevant to the current policing climate.” Kevin Cabral - Sergeant, Brantford Police Service
"This has by far surpassed any previous supervisor training I have taken part in. This course is extremely useful and relevant to the current policing climate.”
Kevin Cabral - Sergeant, Brantford Police Service
Two days of in-person workshops focusing on critical leadership skills. These two days allow learners to explore and further develop their competencies in leadership by exploring the many aspects of leadership in an interactive format. Role-play and case-based discussion encourage learners to further develop existing competencies necessary for success as frontline supervisors.
Eight weeks of online micro-credentials highlighting six issues affecting the workplace. Completion of each micro-credential is mandatory prior to the in-person capstone workshop.
A one-day, in-person workshop where learners apply and reinforce knowledge earned through the previous in-person and online components.
Assessments include group work, online quizzes and a learning journal. The consistent use of the learning journal throughout the in-person, two-day leadership workshops, the online courses, and the final in-person capstone day will allow learners to reflect on and record their experiences, considerations, and questions that arise throughout the completion of the courses.
Full attendance and participation is required on in-person days. Completion of all six online courses are mandatory to attend the final in-person day.
"The Police Supervisor Certificate provides insight to help leaders build up their peers through coaching, motivating and mentoring. This results in an empowering confidence and self-sufficiency for those around them. The course provides a direct and informed approach to leadership that will help as you strive for a positive impact leading from the middle."
~ John Billone - Sergeant, Brantford Police Service ~
“This course has been valuable and insightful for aspiring supervisors. It has shown me how to apply effective leadership skills in my work. I have reflected on my own goals and vision of what type of leader I would like to be and how I can support the service.”
~Civilian Supervisor, Brantford Police Service~
"The Police Supervisor Certificate offered through Wilfrid Laurier University has been very beneficial. I have gained a great deal of specialized knowledge and further ambition in the area of leadership. The course work covers a broad range; I specifically enjoyed the focus on community engagement and its impact on building meaningful relationships. I also benefited from historical overviews and material covering events relevant in today’s society."
~Nicole Ensell – Communications Supervisor, Brantford Police Service
“The Police Supervisor course through Laurier has been informative to how the police and the public can build positive relationships by understanding differences in culture, traditions and origins. It is imperative that we understand how empathy and active listening can create opportunities for growth in the development of leaders in a police service and in the communities we serve.”
~Ryan Groen – Sergent, Brantford Police Service
For more information about this certificate contact the Centre for Public Safety and Well-Being at email@example.com.